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As a kid, I used to be intrigued by the variety of craft and DIY projects I got on Pinterest. While as an adult, I’m fascinated by the cleaning and organizing hacks pinned up on Pinterest (I guess, that’s how adulting works :-P).
To be honest, it’s really cool to discover how the things which are readily available at our houses can be such an effective cleaner. And all this while I’ve been wasting my hard-earned cash on commercial cleaners (ugh!).
If you feel the same, we’ve got something for you! A list of some proven and tested cleaning hacks that are popular on Pinterest and are pinned over and over again.
30 Of The Most Effective Cleaning Hacks
1. Homemade Toilet Cleaning Bombs
One of my favorite cleaning hacks is hands-free toilet cleaning bombs. No one likes cleaning toilet bowls with their hands (it’s straight-up filthy! ). However, you can use these fruitful cleaning bombs to get rid of all the toilet grime. All you need is baking soda, liquid dish soap (Better Call Dawn!), and citric acid. Check out the recipe on Mom4real
2. Deep Clean Your Mattresses
To ensure sound sleeping hours, it’s necessary for our mattresses to be mold-free. Although you must deep clean your mattress every now and then, although it’s fine if you do so even twice a year. Use baking soda, 3% hydrogen peroxide, and dish soap to thoroughly clean it.
3. Clean Rusty Cast Iron Grill
If you’ve been struggling with cleaning your rusty cast iron grill, we have an easy-peasy solution to it! Just rub a half sliced potato along with the vegetable oil and coarse salt on the rusty surface until you find it clear.
4. Deep Clean Oven
Perform an up-close cleaning spree on your oven since it suffers from various types of grease, burns, etc. You can naturally clean it using white vinegar, baking soda, coarse salt, and other basic supplies. Best part? You can clean every type of oven with this recipe!
5. Clean Your Stove Burners
Over time, stove burners get really messy by catching the spots of oil, spices, etc. But have you ever wondered about degreasing them? We present you with a natural cleaner consisting of baking soda, lemon essential oil, and water. The lemon essential oil will also deodorize any foul smell in the burners.
6. Declutter Showerhead
You must have noticed the pressure of water from your shower decreasing every now and then. This occurs due to the calcium and other minerals’ build-up between those pores. Before you call a plumber, try soaking your showerhead into water and white vinegar for a couple of hours.
7. DIY Bathroom Cleaner
Fight those nasty mildew and mold bacteria in every corner of your bathroom using this revolutionary recipe. It only needs tea tree oil, white vinegar, water, and a brush to scrub off the stains. Once you start using it, you’ll give up all the harsh chemical products you’ve been using all your life.
8. Cheap Cleaner For Your Make-up Sponges
Makeup sponges can become really greasy and your face shouldn’t suffer from that. If you’re a make-up lover and hate spending bucks on those expensive cleaners, this one’s for you! To be straightforward, it’s simply a dish soap and rigorous washing.
9. Microfiber Upholstery Cleaner
Microfiber upholstery adds up every missing glam to your home decor and they’re a must-have to maintain the aesthetic value of the house. However, dirty upholstery is a big no! Use rubbing alcohol to rub off all the stains and spots from your favorite couch or sofa.
10. Homemade Glass Cleaner
Presenting you a dynamic homemade glass cleaner that is free from ammonia. Beat that! Although the cleaner is not completely non-toxic, it’s still way better than those toxic cleaners. Grab rubbing alcohol, white vinegar, cornstarch, water, and lemon essential oil ( optional ) to get going with your natural recipe.
11. Floor Cleaner
From muddy spots to food stains, your floor has to suffer it all. And you wouldn’t want to add up to the grief by using harsh chemicals on it. Just add a quarter cup of white vinegar and washing soda each into 2 gallons of warm water. Top it off with a cup of liquid dishwashing soap. Use it to mop the floor when required.
12. Shine Your Stainless Steel Sink
Abrasive cleansers affect the authenticity of your stainless steel sink and make it lose its shine. Shift to more productive and natural methods to shine and disinfect your stainless steel sink.
All you need is a dishwashing liquid soap, white vinegar, baking soda, salt, lemon, ice, and a cloth. Treat it with dish soap first, then baking soda, crushed ice, and salt. Finally, give it a touch of lemon.
13. Keep Your Baseboards Clean
If you don’t clean your baseboards regularly, you’ll notice mold and grime deposition along its edges. Use basic supplies like water, magic eraser, brush, broom, and cotton swabs to smudge off the grime from your baseboards.
14. Sparkle Those Faucets
The neatness of your chrome faucets has a vital role to play in the show of your bathroom. With the passage of time, calcium, and other minerals from gunk around the faucets and make them look dirty. You’ll necessarily need a CLR, plastic bag, water, rubber band, and magic eraser.
Cover the faucet with a plastic bag filled up with equal parts of CLR and water, tie it up with a rubber band and leave it for a few moments.
15. Homemade Eyeglass Cleaner
Save yourself a trip to the market and improve your vision by preparing an eyeglass cleaner for yourself at home. Take 1 part each of water and rubbing alcohol, 1 drop of liquid dishwashing soap, and mix the particles in a spray bottle. Use a microfiber cloth to rub it and shine the lenses.
16. Disinfect And Clean Your Refrigerator
Deep cleaning your refrigerator must be an essential part of your routine because you never know what’s hidden in there! Use baby oil and white vinegar to disinfect and clean your refrigerator. Vinegar is antibacterial, non-toxic, and safe to consume ( you don’t have to consume it though! ), making it the perfect fit for usage around the home.
17. DIY Drain Cleaner
Jammed-up drains infuriate me like nothing else, they’re extremely filthy and I’m sure you don’t like them as well. The next time you come across this situation just remember this hack. Pour warm water, a cup of white vinegar, and a cup of baking soda into the clogged drain to fix this annoying scenario.
18. Clean Your Cell Phone
Apparently your cell phone consists of more germs than the toilet seat. Isn’t that gross? Wherever you go you carry your cellphone with you, so it’s obvious that it will catch germs. But you can easily clean it using rubbing alcohol, a microfiber cloth, and water.
19. Remove Mold From Air Conditioner Filters
Overhaul of your air conditioner filter not only improves its longevity but also creates an influx of fresh air into your room. Using this simple trick you can effectively remove all the dust those filters acquire over time. Wash it with dish soap and scrubber, and dry it under the sun. No need to spend money on those expensive washing services.
20. DIY Granite Cleaner
You must have heard the caution of not using white vinegar on your granite countertops several times. But today we’re going to direct you with what to use instead. Well, these are absolutely familiar supplies that you’re going to find in your kitchen rack – rubbing alcohol, dish soap, and water. Make a paste of the first two and brush it over the countertop, finally wipe it clean with water.
21. Easy Way To Clean Blinds
Since the time immemorial, I’ve been simply dusting my blinds with a brush in the name of cleaning. As a result, they’ve acquired a fair amount of gunk and it doesn’t come off by dusting anymore.
Luckily, I found this really easy and quick recipe to clean those blinds. For wooden ones, you’ll have to simply dust them off using dusting gloves, and for the plastic ones you’ll have to wash them with dish soap, and sponge.
22. Remove Ink Stains From Clothes
Ink stains are hard to remove, no matter how vigorously you agitate them they just don’t leave the surface. But, have you ever tried using rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and acetone ( nail polish remover ) on them? If not, then pre-treat your fabric with the mentioned products and witness the magic!
23. Clean Your Silver Jewelry
Silver jewelry becomes tarnished when left in open for a long time as some reactions between the moisture and the silver surface take place. Let’s not get into the chemistry now! Pour one tablespoon each of baking soda, dishwashing soap, and hot water in a sink covered with aluminum foil. Place the jewelry inside it and use an old toothbrush for scrubbing ( if required ).
24. Whiten Whites
It’s normal for the white-colored fabric to fade out and become yellowish or off-white, but it doesn’t look nice, does it? Whiten your laundry without using that rough chlorine bleach on your soft hands and favorite garments. By soaking them in either hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, baking soda, or natural detergent before washing, you can smudge off all the yellowness!
25. Remove Permanent Marker Stains
Permanent markers are a functional entity but only as long as it’s serving the purpose. Once the job is done it feels like a burden, to be honest. And if you have a child at your home, you must be knowing the hardships of removing them from almost everything!
Fret no more, we present you a hack using rubbing alcohol to remove permanent marker stains from all kinds of surfaces. Just rub it on the marker stains and use a sponge to wipe it clean.
26. Clean Those Irksome Stickers
Removing stickers from a plastic surface is a neck-aching job. Even if you remove the whole sticker, there’s always some gunk left behind. The next time you’ve to remove a sticker, try out vegetable oil, peanut butter, and mayonnaise to cut-off your workload. Rub any of these supplies on the sticker and let it rest for around half an hour ( vegetable oil will need about 12 hours ). Simply scrub off the sticker at last.
27. Treat Tarnished Silver Wares
If you’re someone like my grandfather, you’d love to collect antiques like silverware. Needless to mention that their overhaul is necessary as they get tarnished after a point of time. Don’t worry because you can make them look like new using baking soda, warm water, and some basic ingredients available at home.
Cover your kitchen sink with aluminum foil and fill it with hot water, put the tarnished articles into the water, and add a cup of baking soda or even more. You’ll notice the silver getting its shine back within a couple of minutes.
28. Remove Collar Rings
Who doesn’t love rings? As long as you’ve got a ring on your finger it’s admirable but think of the time when you get rings around your shirt’s collar. It’s downright gross! But wait, we’ve found a solution.
Just grab an old toothbrush, baking soda, dish soap, and laundry brush. Pour a teaspoon of dish soap on the stain and rapidly scrub it. After that, sprinkle a tablespoon or two of baking soda and spread it all evenly on the surface. Let it sit for about half an hour and toss it into the washing machine running the regular cycle.
29. Clean Your Piano Keys
Due to the constant banging of those innocent keys, they lose their newness and attractiveness. However, you can bring it back using white vinegar and a microfiber cloth. Just rub the keys one after the other and within a couple of minutes, you’ll have the keys looking brand new.
30. Clean Your Outdoor Furniture’s Cushions
I’ve seen a lot of pins about hacks to clean outdoor furniture but there’s an unaddressed item that needs a cleaning routine too. Yes, I’m talking about the cushions!
Don’t simply toss them into the laundry with other cushions and pillows, they stay in a different environment and therefore need a separate treatment. Just grab borax, dish soap, scrubbing brush, and gloves. Make a solution of half cup of borax and a gallon of water, scrub it against the cushions and rinse them clean. Dry them under the sun and you’re good to go!
These were some of the popular hacks that we found on Pinterest and I’m sure they’re going to help you a lot. Thank us later!